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Today's News

  • Two indicted for murder in fatal dog mauling

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Two Grayson County residents were indicted on second-degree murder and other charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last Friday.

    The charges involve the death of 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers, who was killed by the couple’s dog.

    John Terry Underwood II, 51, was indicted on three charges, including failure to contain a vicious dog resulting in serious human injury; abuse or child neglect; and murder in the second-degree.

  • Hillsville will buy two new police cars

    HILLSVILLE — The Town of Hillsville has approved a financing agreement with Carter Bank & Trust to buy two new police cars.

    The lease-purchase agreement, which has a 1.5 percent interest rate, is for $58,271 and will pay for two 2016 Dodge Chargers. The new cars will replace older vehicles.

    Town Manager Retta Jackson told town council members at their Oct. 24 meeting that this is the second phase of a new vehicle purchase for the police department. Hillsville bought two other cars in June, for a total of $57,000.

  • Health insurance costs on the rise

    Landmark News Service

    You’re signing up for health insurance, and you can’t help but ask: “Is everyone else paying through the nose?” Here’s a pain-sharing roundup of what surveys are showing:

    1. Is it just me, or are insurance costs going through the roof?

  • REMEMBER WHEN: Oct. 23-29

     

     

    2011

    *A miracle play kept Grayson County’s record perfect on the year in a 41-40 win over Fort Chiswell. Having led 39-21 in the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils trailed 40-39 when a Pioneer punt was blocked at the Fort 33 and shot backwards. A scramble for the ball finally ended in the Pioneer end zone and resulted in a safety. The finish set up a showdown between a pair of 9-0 teams the following week when Galax visited Grayson.

  • Cavs fall to Patriots; Tide drops two in conference play

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County celebrated Senior Night on Thursday. Fortunately, it turned into Senior-And-A-Half-Night, otherwise the festivities would have been concluded before everybody got their phones switched over to camera mode.

  • Area XC teams win titles

    Grayson County, Carroll County and Galax brought home a total of five individual and team titles Wednesday from their respective cross country conference championships at meets held in Martinsville, Hillsville and Bristol.

    Though the zip code places it in Hillsville, the Southwestern Virginia Training Center serves as the home course for Galax’s cross country team and the Maroon Tide defended its turf Wednesday, sweeping the individual titles and taking the girls’ team crown at the Conference 46 meet.

  • Blaker’s big night leads Narrows past Blue Devils

    NARROWS –– Cole Blaker accounted for 384 yards and five touchdowns and Narrows overwhelmed Grayson County 54-21 Friday in a Mountain Empire District game at Ragsdale Field.

    Blaker, a senior quarterback, ran 23 times for 226 yards and two touchdowns and completed 6-of-12 passes for another 158 yards and three scores as the Green Wave improved to 6-3 overall, 2-2 in district play. Grayson County dropped to 2-7, 1-3.

  • C’burg pulls away from Carroll

    CHRISTIANSBURG – Christiansburg broke a close game open in the third quarter last Friday night to beat the Carroll County Cavaliers 35-26 in a River Ridge District game.

    Carroll County actually led the game twice in the first half but the Blue Demons came on strong in the third period, outscoring the Cavaliers 21-6 to put the game away.

  • Quick night for Maroon Tide

    One of the best ways to keep an offense that averages 36 points per game under control is to simply keep it off of the field, and in that respect, Bland County did about as well as could be hoped. But what Galax did with the mere 8 minutes and 37 seconds that it had possession was beyond efficient.

  • Trick-or-treating, food, games planned for Halloween night

    Galax and the towns of Hillsville and Independence invite kids of all ages to Halloween night fun on Monday.

    The Galax Downtown Association is planning this year’s Downtown Halloween Bash that is set for 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 31.

    Local businesses, churches and organizations are encouraged to gather downtown to play games, give treats to children of all ages and enjoy an outing for the entire family. The bash offers children a fun and safe place to enjoy the evening’s festivities and to gather treats.